ShoBox Recap: Regis Prograis utilizes athleticsm to earn stoppage; Zenunaj pulls upset


Regis Prograis

Prograis Dominates Ramos By 8th Round TKO

Slick southpaw super lightweight prospect Regis Prograis, of New Orleans, improved to 16-0 in stopping a game, but outgunned, challenge by previously unbeaten Abel Ramos (14-1) by 8th round TKO in at the Bayou Events Center in Houston, Texas.
Prograis gained the tactical advantage immediately and used superior footwork, digging uppercuts and hooks into Ramos’s body. Beginning in Round 3, Prograis began varying his attack, continuing his body assault and working upstairs with accurate jabs and stiff lefts. Ramos struggled in getting the proper distance to land cleanly as Prograis become more aggressive, mauling the Arizonian Ramos against the ropes and causing swelling under his left eye. In Rounds 5 & 6, Ramos was able to sneak a few left hooks and uppercuts to Prograis ribs, but Prograis continued pressing, battering Ramos with flurries.
Later in the bout, with his left eye swelling badly, Ramos suffered a deep cut over the same left eye, by way of an accidental headbutt. Referee Laurence Cole circled in the ringside doctor, who after careful consideration, let the fight proceed. Prolonging the bout did not do Ramos any justice, as Prograis continued his high volume, varied attack, capped by a stinging right hook in Round 8.
With his left eye a mess and right eye swollen as well, Ramos’s corner called the fight off after the end of Round 8. Ramos was certainly game this evening but simply outgunned by his crafty, high output, accurate opponent.
Although still very green, Regis Prograis, under promoter Lou DiBella might have a bright future ahead and made a nice second impression on the ShoBox platform. Looking forward to seeing how this talent progresses in 2016.

The final numbers told the story as well as anyone else could as Prograis landed 218 of 649 and Ramos landed 78 of 381.


In the co-feature, the Oxnard, California fighter out of the Robert Garcia Academy, Dardan Zenunaj, pulled off what has to be considered a fairly significant upset over Bryant Cruz in a scheduled 8 round contest in the lightweight division.

Cruz started off sharp and came out in the first round throwing enough punches to win the fight on sheer volume. However, Zenunaj took over the fight by making his punches count more and utilizing his power.

In the 4th round, Zenunaj sent Cruz to the canvas and that completely shifted the momentum in the fight. From that point on, Zenunaj stayed in control and finished off the fight in the 7th round when Cruz’s corner decided to stop the fight.